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The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

Before I joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2010, and became a Golden Globe awards voter, I had often been baffled by the Oscars and Golden Globes choices of nominated films and talent, and vexed by the absence of my favourite movies, which I thought were more artistically dese...

What if that awkward moment was gone, girl: UK Screen’s lows and highs of 2014

What if that awkward moment was gone, girl: UK Screen’s lows and highs of 2014

There are few things that can keep a true film enthusiast out of the cinema. One might be the fear of seeing a film so bad that it drains your belief in the power of the silver screen to inspire. Another might be the arrival of a baby. Any eagle-eyed readers of UK Screen might notice that the usual ...

300 rises to the top spot in the UK

300 rises to the top spot in the UK

300: Rise of an Empire hits the top spot after making £2,761,612 on its opening weekend. The American action film is a follow up to the 2007 film 300, which follows a fictionalised retelling of the Battle of Salamis, taking place before, during and after. Zack Snyder, who directed and co-wrote the ...

The Lego Movie can’t be moved at the UK top spot

The Lego Movie can’t be moved at the UK top spot

Third week in the top spot for the computer animated, The Lego Movie which made another £3,266,594 and after three weeks on release has totalled £26,671,764 in cinema ticket sales. New in second place is the American thriller, Non-Stop, which made £2,652,364 on its opening weekend and stars Liam ...

12 Years A Slave dominates Independent Spirit Awards

12 Years A Slave dominates Independent Spirit Awards

The critically acclaimed slave drama 12 Years A Slave dominated the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles, a day before finding itself under the limelight at the Oscars. As well as taking the Best Feature prize, at the ceremony on the Santa Monica beachfront, the British director Steve McQueen to...

The Lego Movie builds its way to the UK top spot

The Lego Movie builds its way to the UK top spot

The Lego Movie moves in straight to the top spot after making an amazing £8,051,140 in last weekend’s box office. The film follows an ordinary Lego minifigure, mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder, as he is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the ...

BAFTA sets up race between the Artist and Tinker

12 Years beats Gravity to BAFTA’s Best Picture

Gravity has come off the biggest winner of the night at the British Academy Film Awards, taking six trophies, but the top prize of the night, for Best Picture, eluded the space thriller. The London-based Mexican-born Alfonso Cuarón was the best director for the ground-breaking film, which also won...

Mr. Peabody and Sherman overpowers the UK top spot

Mr. Peabody and Sherman overpowers the UK top spot

Conquering the top spot is American 3D computer-animated comedy, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, who are based on the characters from the Peabody’s Improbable History segments of the 1960’s animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The film, which is the first DreamWorks animated fi...

London Critics hail 12 Years a Slave

London Critics hail 12 Years a Slave

The British-led US slave drama 12 Years a Slave has come away from the annual London Film Critics Circle awards as the big winner, being chosen as the Best Film, as well as picking the Best Actor award for Chiwetel Ejiofor and the prize for the Best Supporting Actress, for Lupita Nyong’o. Cate...

Wolfing up the top spot in the UK

Wolfing up the top spot in the UK

Straight to the top spot last weekend was Martin Scorsese’s latest film, The Wolf of Wall Street,  the true story of Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, a wealthy stockbroker living the high life until his fall involving corruption, crime and the federal government. The film made £4,655...

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